Friday, April 26, 2013

KittenPalooza #1

From reading this blog you’d not be wrong in thinking that there really is not much more to Miss Piggy’s “adventures” than eating out and a bit of balcony gardening. I suppose that is probably the bulk of my interests along with traveling, reading and watching TV and movies.

I have a day job as most of you know...working as an Admin Assistant in an office. It pays the bills and keeps me off the streets for most of the week but it’s by no means my “passion project”.

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter than you’ll already know about the little volunteer gig that The Boy and I have going on – and it is something that I am passionate about. CATS!

Every few months we get a call from the Cat Protection Society in Enmore asking if we can foster a litter of kittens for them. Can we EVER!  We first started fostering about a year ago and have had about six lots of kittens so far. When I first moved back to Sydney I volunteered for Cat Protection in their Enmore shelter but it’s just a bit of a schlep for me now that I’m a fully-fledged Westie chick. Fostering suits me much better these days.

We generally get the kittens when they are about six weeks old. At this stage they weight about 600 – 700 grams and our job is to look after them in a safe environment and “fatten the up to 1kg” so that they can be returned to Cat Protection, desexed, and adopted out to their “fur-ever” homes.

Mostly it is a lot of fun, but it can also be really stressful as sometimes the kittens are not 100% well. Many of them have been turned into Cat Protection as strays (sometimes with their mum, and sometimes without).  They’ve had a rough and scary start to life. They mostly always get Cat Flu which can kill a poor little kitten in a flash, and they always have worms and poor upset tummies. Along with a visit to the vet we think cuddles are the best medicine (they don’t always agree with us).

I would love to have a “fur-ever” cat myself but at this stage in our lives The Boy and I have a lot of travel that we need to get out of our systems so fostering is perfect for us – we feel so blessed to be able to have these little guys in our home for a few weeks before they go off to their next loving home.

Maybe we when grown up well get a “fur-ever” cat, but not until we have the travel bug out of our systems. So many people embark on pet ownership without any forethought to their future lives. We see SO many cats surrendered to Cat Protection (or just simply dumped) as their owners decide they just “don’t want a pet anymore” for whatever reason. It’s very sad as these pets are domestic animals and they cannot fend for themselves. My big message to people is to think about where you want your life to be in 5, 10 or even 15 years. If there is even a slight change you want to up sticks and move overseas then this probably isn’t the right time for you to be adopting a pet.

The kittens in this post are our second last lot. I cannot actually remember their names. I called them collectively “The Duds” as they were so scared of us that we couldn’t pat them or pick them up for cuddles. Poor little ladies – you have to wonder what happened to them before CPS got them that would make them so scared of people. 

The Cat Protection Society is at 103 Enmore Road, Enmore. You can phone them on 9519 7201 or 9557 4818. Their adoption centre is open at the following times but remember, really think about if getting a kitty is right for you FOREVER!

Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 2.30pm
Thursday:  11am – 2:30pm and then again 4:30 – 6:30pm
Friday:  11am – 2:30pm and then again at 3:30 – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 3.30pm


  1. They were Tabby, Midnight and Socks

    1. Ah, so they were! I new it would come to one of us eventually (and I knew one was probably Socks).

  2. I love and admire what you're doing! I'd love to foster too, but have two indoor bunnies and three rats - all of which have hours of free range time, so I don't think having a litter of kittens around would work too well! lol (especially since my old dad likes to accidentally leave the back door open a lot.. escapee kittens = not good).

    One day though! You've inspired me :)

    Do the CPS help out in any way with costs of feeding and/or any vet or medicine costs while they're in your care?

    1. Thanks for your comment! Yes, I'm not sure that kittens and bunnies + rats are such a good mix. Even at this young age I can see that the kittens have that natural instinct to pounce on things. CPS cover ALL costs for us whilst we have their foster really it's no skin off our noses, just a lot of fun.

  3. You are wonderful to be foster parents to these kitties. I can't believe this is only your first post on them. Hope to see lots more!

  4. Aw that's so sweet that you foster these poor little kitties :) And they're so adorable too!! I love black kitties - the colour of their fur is absolutely gorgeous :D And their eyes! Ah, cats make me melt a little inside hehe

  5. ngaaaaw those kitties are sooo adorable! i'm unfortunately allergic to cats but it is a great thing that you're fostering them.
    i understand the busy life. had to decline a few invites because of work sighs.

  6. Love your kitten pics on instagram. And good job with taking care of them!

  7. I wish people understood the responsibility of pet ownership before taking a pet home. A pet is for life! Oh and another thing people - don't shop, adopt!

  8. Your kittens are so adorable!! it is like cuteness overload!!!

  9. Aww what cute little ones! I miss having cats. I had two when I was a teenager and my favourite was a lil black and white one called Otto. I adored him so much that I still can't talk about his passing.

  10. Awww I'm really not a cat person but even I think those kittens are super cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :) and I think it's such a great cause and so meaningful for you to foster these kittens ~ It must be so hard to hand them back after spending so much time with them!

  11. I hadn't realised that you were fostering them all. Such a great idea and I love the term "fur ever"!


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